Georgi Petrov Solo Exhibition at Alfa Art Gallery

Alfa Art Gallery is pleased to present Georgi Petrov’s exhibition “Facebook: Password Love”, a solo show featuring for the first time images from the artist’s internet exhibition by the same name. Through the universal language of painting, Georgi Petrov succeeds in depicting love and bringing the contemporary vision of his home in Bulgaria to the United States.

About the artist by Melissa Torro
Georgi Petrov was born in Dobrich, Bulgaria and currently lives and works in Sofia. He graduated from the Technical University of Forests, and he earned MA in Art Management from the Academy of Music, Dance and Visual Arts in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He owns an art gallery in the town of Dobrich.
With the help of internet technology, Georgi Petrov has had the chance to share his artistic vision online with friends and fans around the world “winning their admirations in a virtual space”. His notoriety has now brought him to New Brunswick where viewers may experience his paintings face to face. The “universal code of Love” is the driving force behind this body of work, appealing to every audience class. He explores the emotion through painterly gestures and vibrant colors, using both abstract and representational methods as a vehicle. His abstract pieces often utilize a limited palette of warm tones and fast, energetic brushstrokes that lend themselves to an overall sense of passion. His realist pieces, drawing inspiration from images of his hometown in Bulgaria, communicate a true sense of peace and belonging reflecting images from nature.

About “Password Love”

Melissa Torro
What was your inspiration and/or visual sources for this particular body of work?

Georgi Petrov
My exhibition PASSWORD LOVE is a result of unique opportunity, that Facebook provides – to share out messages through presenting my paintings online, to make new friends and fans worldwide, winning their admirations in a virtual space. Started in Facebook, my online exhibition will become real at Alfa Art Gallery in New Jersey. I become the mediator and the active side in this encounter between two cultures and two worlds being thousands of miles apart. This whole thing inspires me and let me get my art closer to 21st century innovations.

Melissa Torro
What conclusions or meaning can the audience pull from the title, “Password Love”?

Georgi Petrov
“Password Love” is a tempting message to everyone who is familiar with the universal code of Love.
“Password Love” presents good intentions, sincerity, bleakness, positivism, and emotion to everyone who sympathizes with such messages and yearns for opening them up in the space which could be entirely theirs.
“Password Love” is a territory of love in its various dimensions.
“Password Love” is a ticket to being in someone’s shoes and to the feeling of empathy.
“Password Love” is love in colors and interpretations that blow up, excite and conquer.
“Password Love” is a new vision OF BULGARIA, FOR BULGARIA, a new vision of the Bulgarian mentality, spirit and culture.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 23 @ 7:30-11:00pm

Exhibition duration: April 23 – May 19, 2010